My Old Kentucky Home

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My Old Kentucky Home
Composer Stephen Foster
Released 1853-01-?? c.
Title Origin Official

My Old Kentucky Home is an anti-slavery ballad composed by Stephen Foster, and published in 1853. The song is the official state song of Kentucky.


Sound Blaster (DOS)

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Sound Blaster (DOS)
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Arranger Unknown
Released 1989-??-??
Length 1:08.58
Format CMF
Loops No

My Old Kentucky Home is one of the example songs included in the bundled software with the Sound Blaster. The file is named KENTUCKY.CMF.

Sheet Music


Most modern recitals of the song exchange the word "darkies" with "people."

The sun shines bright in the old Kentucky home.
'Tis summer, the darkies are gay,
The corn top's ripe and the meadow's in the bloom
While the birds make music all the day.
The young folks roll on the little cabin floor,
All merry, all happy, and bright.
By 'n by hard times comes a-knocking at the door,
Then my old Kentucky home, good night.

Weep no more my lady, oh! weep no more today!
We will sing one song for the old Kentucky home,
For the old Kentucky home far away.

They hunt no more for the 'possum and the coon,
On the meadow, the hill and the shore,
They sing no more by the glimmer of the moon,
On the bench by the old cabin door.
The day goes by like a shadow o'er the heart,
With sorrow where all was delight.
The time has come when the darkies have to part,
Then my old Kentucky home, good night!


The head must bow and the back will have to bend,
Wherever the darkey may go.
A few more days and the trouble all will end,
In the field where the sugar-canes grow.
A few more days for to tote the weary load,
No matter 'twill never be light.
A few more days till we totter on the road,
Then my old Kentucky home, good-night!